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By Debjani Ganguly

One ordinary socio-cultural constitution that's abnormal to South Asia is caste, that's widely understood in socio-anthropological phrases as an establishment of ranked, hereditary and occupational teams. This e-book discusses the enigmatic endurance of caste within the lives of South Asians as they step into the twenty-first century. It investigates the boundaries of sociological and secular ancient research of the caste approach in South Asia and argues for methods of describing life-forms generated via caste at the subcontinent that complement the bills of caste within the social sciences. through concentrating on the literary, oral, visible and non secular practices of 1 specific workforce of ex-untouchables in western India known as ‘Mahars’, the writer means that you possibly can comprehend caste no longer as an essence that's accountable for South Asia’s backwardness, yet as a constellation of variegated practices which are in a continuing country of flux and can't be thoroughly encapsulated inside of a story of nation-building, modernization and improvement.

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